Physiological footwear
denotes shoes that have a number of positive effects not only on the foot but
on the whole body. MBT is the first physiological footwear. Masai Barefoot
Technology is patented worldwide.
The shoes were created after studying the Masai tribe from East Africa. Karl Muller, the inventor of MBT, observed
that because the Masai walked on soft, instable ground, they were forced to use
their body to maintain balance. This balancing act, apparently, is good for
strengthening core muscles and promotes good posture. To simulate walking on a
soft surface such as sand or soft moss, Karl created the MBT shoe line with a
rounded, curved sole to force the wearer to balance themselves like the members
of Masai.

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Barefoot Technology for medical applications: MBTs can contribute significantly
to alleviating a variety of ailments, and many doctors and physiotherapists
like to use them to treat patient.
Masai Barefoot Technology is used in sports: many professional athletes
rely on MBTs for regeneration, prevention and accelerated healing of injuries
and in endurance and coordination training.
Barefoot Technology in everyday use: train muscles, burn calories, protect
joints ... while you're doing something else. Shopping, in the office, at home,
MBTs act as training equipment, every step of the way.
The developers of the MBT footwear have
attempted create a shoe that serves to lessen stress on those parts of the body used in the process of walking, while also helping one to develop better
coordination. These are a great option
for someone with compromised feet (or ankles) who might have problems going the
barefoot route at first. Also, they aren't really meant to be worn off paving
as they intentionally cause instability that isn't appropriate for hiking
(though they do come in a "hiking" boot and other styles). A rounded midsole creates the
"pivot" of the shoes. This curved bottom makes it so that your heel
and toe cannot hit the ground at the same time. As you walk, you step on your
mid-foot, not the heel, and roll over the pivot. This not only distributes
pressure with each step, but also trains you to focus on balancing.

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